Séamus Murphy

This article is about the hurling player and manager. For the Gaelic football player, see Séamus Murphy (Gaelic footballer). For the Irish sculptor, see Seamus Murphy.
Séamus Murphy
Personal information
Irish name Séamus Ó Murchú
Sport Hurling
Position Forward
Born Rathnure, County Wexford
Years Club
Years County
1970s-1980s Wexford
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 0
All-Irelands 0

Séamus Murphy (born 1950s in Rathnure, County Wexford) is a retired Irish hurling manager and former player.


He played hurling with his local club Rathnure and with the Wexford senior inter-county team in the 1970s and early 1980s.[1]

Coaching career

He retired from playing and became a manager due to a shoulder injury received during practice for the 1979 Wexford county title. Physiotherapy and medical treatments were unsuccessful, and Rathnure finally asked him to coach the minor and juvenile teams in 1981: both won titles in his first season as coach.[1]

While coaching Rathnure, Murphy also worked as a construction worker for Dublin company Collen Construction.[1][2]

Murphy was the coach for the Wexford under-21 team when they won titles in 2001 and 2002.[3] He had hoped to become manager of the senior Wexford team in 2001 when Tony Dempsey stepped down, but he was not considered for the post.[4] By the end of 2004, he had accumulated 77 titles at different level of hurling.[2] He became senior hurling manager for Wexford at the end of 2004, replacing John Conran, who he had played with at Rathnure.[3] He also managed Wexford's Intermediate hurlers, who won the All-Ireland title in September 2005, the first time Wexford had won since 1964.[5] He was reappointed for the 2006 season,[6] but decided to retire before the 2007 season after a 25-year-long hurling career.[5]

Personal life

Murphy is an amateur musician, playing guitar and accordion.[4] He is married to Margaret, with whom he has two children, Francis and Bridget.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 McEvoy, Enda (11 June 2006). "Building for the present". Tribune. Ireland. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  2. 1 2 Cahill, Jackie (30 November 2004). "GAA: Seamus calls on Model fans to be realistic; Murphy says NHL is key concern.". The Mirror. London. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  3. 1 2 "Murphy takes over in Wexford". RTÉ Sport. 27 November 2004. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  4. 1 2 Walsh, Denis (3 July 2005). "Gaelic Games: Journey man". Sunday Times. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  5. 1 2 "Murphy to quit Wexford next year". RTÉ Sport. 17 December 2005. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  6. "Murphy will continue as Wexford manager". RTÉ Sport. 26 November 2005. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Conran
Wexford Senior Hurling Manager
Succeeded by
John Meyler
Preceded by
Martin Storey
Wicklow Senior Hurling Manager
Succeeded by
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